Story last updated at 12/9/2009 - 11:50 am
KETCHIKAN - Longtime Ketchikan General Hospital nurse Judy Glasspool was the recipient of an Alaska March of Dimes "Legend Nurse of the Year" award at the Nurse of the Year Awards banquet Nov. 20 in Anchorage.
The annual awards are given to "an exceptional RN who has dedicated their career to nursing." Eight nurses were named "Legends" at this year's event.
Glasspool has been a nurse for over 40 years, 27 of those years as an obstetrical nurse. She received her RN diploma in 1966, came to Ketchikan General Hospital in 1978 as a manager in surgery, and later worked as an OB staff nurse and a relief nursing supervisor. She and her family left Ketchikan in 1983, then returned in 1987 when Glasspool returned to work in the KGH OB department as a staff nurse and later as manager. She has worked for the Home Health department since 2006.
Home Health Manager Shannon Updike wrote in the nomination application that Glasspool "embraced... her role as an RN Case Manager by consistently providing exceptional care to her patients and their caregivers.... She continues to work hard for her patients and to sincerely make a difference for all whom she touches."